Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Futility of Worldly Existence

How long have we been here? You may say we have been living from the time of our birth. But is it? What about the previous birth and before that? What we are now is the aggregate of our past experiences and volition. In essence we create our own reality. So how long have we been living? On enquiry it appears that we have been living from infinite past and will continue to live infinitely in the future as well. There is no discoverable beginning to this existence.

We have been born billions of time in all imaginable forms and in all imaginable places. We have been worms, ants, cats, monkeys, elephants, humans, gods and all the other beings for billions of times. In all these forms we have experienced suffering and pleasure. And the desire for more pleasure becomes the fuel for continued existence and hence the wheel continues to move.

As long as we continue to exist there is no end to our suffering. From the time of our birth till our death there is always suffering. We blindly believe that the acquisition of people, wealth and fame will put an end to our suffering. But do we really find true happiness in them? We continuously and foolishly try to satisfy our desires until we become completely disillusioned by this. Then a sudden realization comes that there is no true happiness in the world. True happiness comes from transcending the world.

What is the cause of this suffering? It is ignorance. The world continues to be pleasurable and painful because of this ignorance.

Ignorance of what? Ignorance of our true nature. This world appearance veils our vision from the truth. With insight, it is easily seen that nothing in this world can give you pleasure and what appears to be pleasurable is actually a source of pain.

There is no pain or pleasure that has not been experienced. All experiences are transient. There is no permanency in this world, everything is changing whether one likes it or not.

One can realize that this existence is futile with insight, insight into the true nature of the world and one self. Once this is realized then one is automatically in a higher level of understanding and becomes eligible for the next process - realization of the truth. Until then this world will continue to be a source of both pleasure and pain.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Why am I here?

Why am I here? Is it a coincidence or is it destiny? Or is it both? I don’t know……….and it is precisely because of this ignorant “I don’t know” that I am here. I am here because of my ignorance, the ignorance of my true nature.

The scriptures declare that the unmanifest (whatever that means!) in a split second of ‘forgetfulness’ of its true nature imagined itself to be something different. This is the origin of the ‘ego’ and of the universe as we know it. Then there is the theory of the big bang and how the world came to be. What was before the big bang? There was ‘nothing’ before the big bang. There was just the unmanifest ‘potentiality’. The scripture also says that it is still and forever like that; in the state of potentiality, Potential existence. It means all the things in this universe that appears so real is in actuality the idea in the unmanifest’s head (if it has one). Quantum physics today has proved this concept. It says matter exists in a state of potentiality, there is no actual matter, but there is always the potential for it.

At the deeper level of universe’s structure, all the forces come together as one. And with the discovery of the unified field we now know that life is fundamentally ‘one’. At the basis of diversity, there is unity. And that unity is the basis of mind and matter and is the consciousness, universal consciousness. Consciousness is not created by the brain, it is fundamental in nature. It is the very core of the nature; we can call this the unified field.

Progress in modern physics over the past quarter century has been mainly in exploring deeper levels of natural law, from the macroscopic to the microscopic. From the molecular, to the atomic, to the nuclear, to the sub nuclear levels of nature’s functioning the so called electroweak unified scale, grand unified scale, super unified scale and what they have discovered at the core basis of the universe, the foundation of the universe is this single universal field of intelligence, a field which unites gravity with electromagnetism, light with radioactivity with the nuclear force, so all the forces nature and all the so called particles of nature – quarks, leptons, protons, neutrons, electrons are now understood to be ‘one’. They are all just ripples on a single ocean of existence that is called the unified field or the super string field.

The realization of this oneness in the nature is and has been called ‘enlightenment’. So now I know why I am here………..i am here to realize the oneness in the universe.

But if everything is unreal and is just potential existence, how can there be the question of oneness? You can talk of one only if you have the idea of two. So is there really such thing as oneness……? That is the question to be pondered and realized through meditation.

So what are the practical uses of knowing this? After we know that the universe is fundamentally an illusion we can solve all the problems that we have created by taking things too seriously…….after all life is an illusion and is like a drama, just play your role and when you wake up from the dream you will know the ‘joke’ being played on you… is not a serious thing. Just have fun, let go…become hollow and empty.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Human Existance so far...........

It is widely believed in the scientific community, that life is an accidental mixture of chemicals and matter. that life sprang o this planet is a fact. OK, life was created and now we have a whole zoo of different creatures in all shapes and sizes. Then there is this thing about a dominant creature at a given time, at this time it is us......the humans. Humans have been given the gift of intelligence (even though some of us still act dumb!) .

Intelligence in itself is an abstract "thing". It cannot be understood or comprehended.

Human life so far can be put in these few words - birth, growth, experience, learn, eat, sleep, earn, accumulate, reproduce and die. If you take a cat, its life isn't so different either, we can just delete the words earn and accumulate in its case.

So now the bigger question........are we here to do just these things? or is there some higher purpose or goal for us to be here? If these questions have come to you at any time, then you are ready for higher evolution for higher knowledge, the secret of existence and the answer for the question itself. And of course the answer has to be found by you and you alone, no one can be "told" the answer to these questions. But someone can help you.........

This 'someone' is the GURU or the master. Don't imagine the guru as just a man with beard, sitting on a chair with closed eyes......he is much more than we can see (or cannot see). Guru itself means that which is very big that you cannot comprehend its "big"ness. Yet he is your very own, you don't need to push some buttons to call him, he is there even without you calling him. His only intention is to make you dissolve in himself. Then after that there is no you and me.............there is only the ONE.

The guru is the door for us to go inside the house of 'self knowledge'. If you choose to walk alone you may fall of sometime or the other, so a guru is necessary. He shows us the way to walk and we have to do the walking......he cannot walk for us.

Different masters "manifest" at different times and place according to the need of that hour. But not all recognize him, some even crucify him. But make no mistake, the world is more than what we just see, world is not just matter, it is consciousness and consciousness (energy) can neither be created nor destroyed. The consciousness can "be" without the world, but the world or anything cannot be different from consciousness......if you don't get it just close your eyes and meditate.............welcome to the party !!!!